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December 2020

Ma Rainey Redux Part II
December 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

In celebration of the release of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” the newest film adapted from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, in partnership with Netflix will host a rousing conversation: Ma Rainey Redux Part II. The panel discussion will be led by Jessica Lanay, Literary Curator at AWAACC and feature George C. Wolfe, playwright, five-time Tony Award winner and director of  “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Ruben Santiago-Hudson, award-winning actor, playwright, director and screenwriter of…

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AW Studio Sessions: Leela James: Ma Rainey Redux
December 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

VIEW HERE What sets the acclaimed R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Leela James apart is her fearless approach to music. “The best artists stay true to who they are, no matter the scale,” she believes. These values have allowed Leela to remain a consistent figure in R&B with a discography of quality soul music spanning over a decade. Her latest project, an adverturous powerful, rock tinged EP with rock/funk trio The Truth, was titled "Are You Ready". Leela’s music is a…

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January 2021

AW Studio Sessions: Roger Humphries
January 7 @ 8:00 pm

VIEW HERE The new virtual series, AW Studio Sessions is an intimate music experience with the most talented musicians on the scene, LIVE in studio. These sessions will draw you in, and make you feel like you are sitting in, a part of the hang, so pour a beverage, sit back, enjoy the music with us the first Thursday of the month through April 2021. Roger Humphries is a living legend, beginning his professional career in the 1960’s backing up…

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Poetry Unplugged
January 15 @ 8:00 pm

VIEW HERE BUY TICKETS The fifth annual Poetry Unplugged is a night of spoken word and music featuring artists from around the country using the life and work of Martin Luther King as inspiration. This year Poetry Unplugged will be a virtual night of TRUTH and POWER. Mahogany Browne hosts an evening filled with Award-winning spoken word artists known for their fierce delivery and ability to move the crowd. Featured poets include Nikki Giovanni, jessica Care moore, and many more.…

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Lit Fridays
January 29 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. REGISTER Laurence Glasco is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He was born in 1940 in Xenia, Ohio, located near Wilberforce University. In 1962 he received a BA degree from…

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February 2021

Lit Fridays with Nona Faustine
February 1 @ 8:00 am

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. Fantasy America invites artists Nona Faustine, Kambui Olujimi, Pacifico Silano, Naama Tsabar, and Chloe Wise to revisit Andy Warhol’s publication America (1985) and contribute through their own artistic practices. Each of these five artists produces work that offers a complex picture of contemporary…

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AW Studio Sessions: Gerald Veasley and Carol Riddick
February 4 @ 8:00 pm

VIEW HERE The new virtual series, AW Studio Sessions is an intimate music experience with the most talented musicians on the scene, LIVE in studio. These sessions will draw you in, and make you feel like you are sitting in, a part of the hang, so pour a beverage, sit back, enjoy the music with us the first Thursday of the month through April 2021. “I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone” pairs two legends of jazz and soul…

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Black Bottom Film Festival presents Mr. Soul!
February 15 @ 7:00 pm

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and Black Bottom Film Festival will present Mr. SOUL!. Join filmmaker Melissa Haizlip as she brings viewers to a critical moment in history and culture whose impact continues to resonate today. The public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first…

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Lit Fridays with Ming Smith
February 26 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. Ming Smith is known for her informal, in-action portraits of black cultural figures, from Alvin Ailey to Nina Simone and a wide range of jazz musicians. Ming’s career emerged formally with the publication…

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Pittsburgh’s Black Art Scene: Past, Present & Future
February 26 @ 7:00 pm

In honor of Black History Month, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is proud to present, Pittsburgh’s Black Art Scene: Past, Present & Future. From theatre to jazz, Black art in Pittsburgh enjoys a history as rich and dynamic as the city itself. The birthplace of some of the country's most acclaimed talent, Pittsburgh is home to a vibrant local art scene and an incubator of exciting new voices. In celebration of Black History Month, we are thrilled to…

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